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Ten migrants die in shipwreck off Libya: Italian navy

Published on Jun 14, 2014 10:19 PM

ROME (AFP) - Italian sailors have recovered 10 bodies of migrants after their rubber dinghy sank off the Libyan coast, Italy's navy said on Saturday.

Thirty-nine migrants were rescued after the vessel sank on Friday afternoon some 40 nautical miles from the Libyan coast, the navy said, adding that the search for survivors continued on Saturday.

A frigate and a patrol boat deployed to the scene, backed up by a helicopter and a merchant ship.

An Italian tanker, which has picked up some 700 migrants from stricken vessels in recent days, along with the 10 bodies, is headed towards Sicily where it is expected early Sunday, the navy said.

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